Eyebrows were raised when the Golden State Warriors took Jordan Poole 28th overall in the NBA Draft with many describing the pick as a “reach”.
The Golden State Warriors have been nothing short of impressed with their first-round pick having displayed an impressive amount of range with his three-point shot, his improving chemistry with Jacob Evans and his ability to create his own shot with ease.
Although he hasn’t played in a regular-season game as of today, he enjoyed a fruitful Summer League averaging 17.8 points per game and shooting 40% from the field. Despite a lack of consistency with his deep ball, the aggressiveness remained and that surely is an encouraging sight for the Dubs coaching staff.
Nevertheless, questions remained whether he would be effective at the NBA level, but if preseason has shown anything, it is that Poole could potentially be one of the better contributors on the Dubs bench.
As the backup shooting guard, Poole has impressed scoring 17 and 19 points against the Lakers and the Timberwolves while averaging over 40% from beyond the arc and 47% from the field. Despite it only being preseason, Poole is already showing signs of being a draft steal.
Through the two preseason games, Poole has tallied 36 points, which is good enough for third-most among all rookies in the NBA, trailing only Zion Williamson and Chris Clemons, who has played in four games thus far.
Additionally, Poole has also knocked down the second-most three-point shots, trailing only Clemons.
"“We drafted him for his ability to put the ball in the basket,” coach Steve Kerr told reporters after Golden State’s 123-101 loss to the Lakers on Saturday night. “You can see his confidence.”"
Poole has also showcased a wider skill set to be more than just a shooter with his ability to handle the rock and act as a facilitator has been a surprise considering Poole’s tag as “just a shooter”.
However, his role will likely be to provide instant offense for the bench and Warriors superstar Steph Curry wants him to continue doing it in the regular season.
"“He can shoot it, and he should continue to shoot it,” Curry told the media. “Take good shots. We need sparkplugs all up and down the roster. He can shoot the ball. He works at it and he’s not shy."
Poole has already made a major impression on his teammates and on the Golden State Warriors faithful with more to come the NBA has been put on notice.